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The Young Masters program is a joint initiative with the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA), recognizing excellence in 8th through 11th graders in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, and literary arts. The program awards grants of $5,000 per year for two years. Since its inception in 2002, the Trust and TCA have given 263 grants to 124 Young Masters, awarding $707,500 to aspiring artists from across the state.
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Texas Young Masters on CBS News!
We wanted to share this amazing story that recently aired on CBS News about how Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts in Dallas is sending a record five students to The Julliard School in NYC, one of the world’s greatest institutions for the performing arts. Three of those five are Young Masters.
The Young Masters who will be starting Julliard in the fall are: My’Kal Stromile and Mason Manning, Young Master 2012, Dance; and Alysia Johnson, Young Master 2010, Ballet.
The two remaining Booker T. Washington students who will start Julliard in the fall, but were not part of the Young Masters program, are Madison Hicks and Alicia Crowder. We congratulate them as well!
Christopher Vo had never traveled outside of the Dallas Metroplex until he received a Young Master’s scholarship award. As a result of his Young Masters training during summers at the Juliard School dance program in New York, Chris was accepted as a freshman on full scholarship.
The Young Masters,a joint program of the Texas Cultural Trust and the Texas Commission on the Arts, helps children who might otherwise not have the opportunity to expand their unique talents in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, and the literary arts. The program is available to outstanding students in grades 8 through 11, and creates a mentoring relationship between the student and the instructor. Scholarships of $2500 per year are provided to successful applicants for a period of two years. The Young Masters program nurtures our rising stars to become the legends of tomorrow.
“There is a point between adolescence and adulthood where one retains the creativity and delight of the first, without having to feel the full weight of the obligations and worries of the latter. For me, this period coincided with my first realization of the power of the arts; that they, unlike any other practice or profession, have an ability to move a great number of people simply on their own being.”
Violinist Caitlin Tully of Austin, Texas, made her debut with the Vancouver Symphony at young age of ten, displaying a musical maturity and inspiration far beyond her years. Upon hearing her Yehudi Menuhin said, “She plays with more integrity than any young violinist I have ever heard.” Now at the age of seventeen, Ms. Tully performs with orchestras and in recitals across Canada and the United States.
Class of 2004, Music
Sixteen year-old Charles Yang, a sophomore at Westlake High School in Austin, began studying the violin with his mother. “Violin is like caffeine to me,” says young Charles Yang. “I’m addicted to it!” You might say Charles was born to play violin. His mom — a violinist with the Austin Symphony — was onstage playing in a concert only hours before giving birth to him. Shortly after he came into the world, Charles instinctively took to the violin.
Click here for a complete list of Young Master’s recipients.
Announcing the 2014 Young Masters
Sophie Anthony, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Dallas, Visual Arts/Two-dimensional
Jay Appaji, Plano Senior High School, Plano, Music/Carnatic Percussion
Nizhoni Begay, Incarnate Word High School, San Antonio, Voice/Mariachi
Jared Brown, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Dallas, Dance/Modern
William Chiang, Plano Senior High School, Plano, Music/Piano
Ann Cho, Westlake High School, Austin, Music/Violin
Montana Dalton, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Frisco, Dance/Contemporary
Christin Engelberth, James Madison High School, San Antonio, Visual Arts/Two-dimensional
Claudia Isabel Heymach, The High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Pearland, Literary Arts/Fiction
Esther Liao, Bellaire High School, Houston, Music/Piano
Hannah McEvilly, McCallum Fine Arts Academy, Austin, Musical Theater
Meg Mickelsen, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Dallas, Visual Arts/Two-dimensional
Nina Pitts, The High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Houston, Music/Cello
Kian Raissian, Awty International School, Houston, Music/Cello
Juanito Riveros, Garland High School, Rowlett, Music/Harp
Sydney Shreve, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Dallas, Visual Arts/Three-dimensional
Catherine Thomas, Texas High School, Texarkana, Theater
Anastasia Tillman, Home School, Fort Worth, Dance/Ballet
Luke Westerman, Home School, Houston, Dance/Ballet
Katja Yanko, The Woodlands College Park High School, The Woodlands, Musical Theater
Don’t miss the 2014 Texas Young Masters Ceremony on Monday, April 7 @ 7 pm, at Stateside at the Paramount Theatre in Austin. For tickets & information, click here.
Presenting the 2014 Class of Texas Young Masters!
Thank You to Our Fund-a-Young Master Supporters
|Jenny & Brandon Aghamalian||Grace Kelly|
|Julie & Tom Ahn||Kathleen & Patrick Kennedy, Jr.|
|Leslie Archambault||Lauren & Ben Krech|
|Annie & John Armbrust||Steve & Linda LaMantia|
|Melissa Aufieri||Laurie Lindemulder|
|Lee Bailey||Helena & Joe Lipscomb|
|Linda Ball & Forrest Preece||Christa Lockwood|
|Jon Bice||Ellen & Steve Mason|
|Leslie Blanton||Laura & Richard Matz, Jr.|
|Marvin Blum||Lynn Metzler|
|Claire Bond||Debbie & John Montford|
|Sabrina Brown||Anina Moore|
|Patty & Robert W. Bryant||Nancy Moorman|
|Bonnie Buckley||Sara Morgan|
|Mark Bueter||Claire Moyers|
|Cora & Clayton Bullock||Julie Moyers|
|Sara Burleson||Kim Ngo|
|Kim Chambers||Guillermo Nicolas|
|Jim Cockrum||Ashley Ohls|
|Scott Daigle||Marita Parrish|
|Douglas Dempster||Jennifer & Mark Phelan|
|Mindy Ellmer||Lauren Phillips|
|Howard Falkenberg||Natalie Phillips|
|Brenda & Ted Feldman||Shelly Power|
|Pam & Bill Fielding||Meg & Jay Propes|
|Caroline Forgason||Jacqueline Rangel|
|Miller Gaffney||Margaret Ransom|
|Cami Goff||Connie Rees|
|Jennifer Gonzalez||Jennifer Ransom Rice|
|Ann S. Graham||Linda Schroeder|
|Kay & Bobby Gregory||Gabriel Sepulveda|
|Robyn Hadley||Billye Proctor Shaw|
|Anna & John Hammond||Shirley Sloan|
|Caroline Hammond||Sunny Smith|
|Deborah & Bill Hammond||Grant Stanis|
|Linda Hatchel||Yuniedth Steen|
|Linda & John Hatchel||Laura Street|
|Iwalani Hayden||David Thomas|
|Carol Haynes||Janet Ward|
|Susan Horton||Dr. George Weinberger|
|Kate Hull||Aaron Weiss|
|Donald Humphreys||Sherri & Travis West|
|Kathy Hutto||Laura & Tobin Wiegand|
|Jonette & Travis James||Pamela Willeford|
|Jennifer Jorns||Sally & Bill Wittliff|
The final total for Fund-a-Young Master was $17,468 in donations. We thank you for your generous support in helping us to exceed our goal of $15,000 or three scholarship grants to three very deserving Texas Young Masters.
Special thanks to Ray Benson, Bob Schneider, and our sponsors for their generous support of the Young Masters Scholarship Program
Karen & Charles Matthews
Susie & John Adams
Anita & Truman Arnold
Cathey and Don Humphreys
Patricia & The Honorable David Dewhurst
Dawn & Harry Leatherwood
Sandra & Bill Gilliland
The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University
Judy & Kirk Robison
Dian & Harlan Stai
Suann & AJ Waight
Sherrill & Roger Winter
Janice & Spencer Youngblood
Olivia & George Bramblett
The Honorable David Dewhurst
Ray C. Fish Foundation
Mrs. Gene Jones
Mr. George Mitchell
Mrs. W.D. Noel
Debbie and John Montford of the Plum Foundation